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Juno flies by Earth-Moon system on its way to Jupiter in 'starship' encounter

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On December 10, 2013, NASA released a video of the space probe Juno’s final flyby of the Earth-Moon system. The flyby was a gravity assist maneuver that Juno underwent on October 9, 2013 to accelerate it for a July, 2016 orbital insertion around Jupiter.

The whole effect, it is said, is as if someone was watching the Earth-Moon system flash by on board Star Trek’s Star Ship Enterprise.

According to NASA, Juno will:

“Determine how much water is in Jupiter's atmosphere, which helps determine which planet formation theory is correct (or if new theories are needed)

“Look deep into Jupiter's atmosphere to measure composition, temperature, cloud motions and other properties “

“Map Jupiter's magnetic and gravity fields, revealing the planet's deep structure

“Explore and study Jupiter's magnetosphere near the planet's poles, especially the auroras – Jupiter's northern and southern lights – providing new insights about how the planet's enormous magnetic force field affects its atmosphere”

Juno is planned to make 33 orbits around Jupiter for a one year mission. After that, it is planned that the probe will be deorbited to burn up in Jupiter’s atmosphere.



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